Carolyn's Introduction

This loving tribute to Tarot as Muse is a fundraiser for Ink People Center for the Arts, conceived by Kathryne DeLorme, Carolyn Ayres and Libby Maynard. The twenty-two images seen here have been made into a collectible Major Arcana Tarot Deck which can purchased online with Ink People or found at the following venues in Humboldt County. In Eureka, Humboldt Herbals at 300 2nd Street and the Sewell Gallery of Fine Arts at 423 F street. In Arcata, the Global Village Gallery at 973 H Street; Hair Unlimited at 1640 G Street and New World Water at 778 18th street The original art was exhibited July 7th, 2012 at the new Ink Annex, 47B West Third Street, Eureka, California.
For more information contact Carolyn Ayres at tarotofbecoming

Thursday, May 10, 2012

21. The Universe

Universe or World card is the end and the beginning  as we spiral up as the Fool, starting the journey again. This is a time of great celebration for we have completed an aspect of the great work of the alchemy of the Soul.  Judgement was the revelation and here we live our revelation.  The Hanged Man is now turned upright and freed.  The Empress has given birth to herself.  Finally free to Be, we can use the magic of our Magician and help transform our world.

Key Words:  Anima mundi (soul of the world)/ Blending of the physical with the metaphysical/ Wholeness / Portal to our multidimensional being

FOOL’S GATE  The Universe   Rob Hampson

The World card represents the final culmination in the Fool’s journey; the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel.  I can now proclaim from experience that the distance to that light can be very deceptive.

It has been a long and twisting road since first I stepped forth on this grand adventure of possibility nearly a year ago.  Back then I was naive to think that I could just whip out my assignment and that would be that.  Even if the World card is the last stage of the journey it does not allow a free pass to the head of the line.  Along a course of dozens of concepts and sketches and several paintings I still had to supplicate myself to Magicians, Emperors, and Hermits; and a grand host of the Pope, the Devil, angels, and Death.  There were lions to grapple, towers to fall from, and numerous opportunities to swing by my ankles before ever I could actually reach the summit that I initially thought was right before me. 

As the deadline for the assignment approached I knew I was being guided ever closer to the final threshold, but I still could not see it.  I had to trust in something that was not perceptible from my current vantage point.  My studio was a cauldron of production, when suddenly, one day thirty-six canvases came together as one and I saw the gate!

Just like that, it was time to step through.

Learn more about Rob's work on his website

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